Rebecca becomes the latest addition to a very busy family team at Central Chambers.
Joseph Lynch was Rebecca’s pupil supervisor. He says:
In her first six, it became clear that she is personable and has an ability to work with the most challenging of cases and is able to maintain the sort of composure and poise that is the hallmark of a good barrister.
One of the nicest things I have heard said about her is that she is ‘interesting and interested’. This came from a member of the Judiciary who is direct in expressing her views and would not offer me false praise!
I think her burgeoning reputation is confirmed by the number of well-established solicitors from reputable firms who are keen to use her. I know that she is diligent in reporting to solicitors and keeping them up-to-date with what is happening – which is an important trait to have early on.
She is able to pick up briefs at short notice, which has been highlighted in the number of removal hearings she has picked up whilst at court and dealt with appropriately and with great skill and professionalism.
Whilst Central Chambers takes pupils with a view to tenancy, all pupils must pass a vote of the existing tenants in order to be offered tenancy. This process involves detailed consideration of the applicant’s previous 12 months’ work.
A vote to offer tenancy must be taken as a strong endorsement of the applicant and shows that the tenants consider that the applicant has grown into their space in Chambers and will be an asset to this growing set.
Joseph Lynch observed, “I could not have asked for a better first pupil. The people that follow her will have a very high standard to meet.”
Any barrister needs to have the trust of the clerks’ room and Rebecca certainly has that.
Senior Clerk, Neil Vickers, said:
Rebecca has been a breath of fresh air, always willing and able to pick cases up at short notice. She receives instructions in her own name from very reputable firms and from speaking to other members and our instructing solicitors, she is very highly regarded by all including the Judiciary.
In accepting her offer of tenancy, Rebecca told Chambers:
I am absolutely delighted to be offered this, and can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen.
I’m so grateful for all of the help I’ve received from everyone over the last year, and I’m very excited to fully begin my life at the Bar as a proud tenant of Central Chambers.
Rebecca was part of Central Chambers’ redesigned pupillage scheme. To read about her experience and for guidance on pupillage, her mini-blog can be found at the bottom of this article.
Rebecca Kocerhan’s tenancy begins on 3rd October 2018. She is already available for work as she moves from “second-six” pupil to full tenant.
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